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Can tuberculosis cause copd?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
No: Tuberculosis can damage the lungs and result in a condition called bronchiectasis. It's symptoms are chronic cough and phlegm production, similar to symptoms of copd.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Not really: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection by a bacterium. It can cause pneumonia and even holes/cavities in the lung if not treated. It typically does not cause copd. It is possible, depending on how severe the infection is, that TB can cause scarring in the lung. Smoking is the main cause of copd.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Very very rare: Would be unusual.

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